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  • Nintendo teases mystery ’emerging market’ console by 2015

    Nintendo has announced plans to introduce a new console especially for emerging markets by as early as 2015. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's president and CEO, told Reuters that the company will focus on developing a platform for markets with lower average income and lesser levels of gaming experience. This comes after the Japanese company released its dire yearly financial report earlier this week, that saw its third successive yearly loss. The Wii U, the console Nintendo hoped would revive the company, hasn't been its saviour. Nintendo reported losses of US$457 million, selling a meagre 6.17 million Wii U consoles since its launch 17...

  • Kneel, Xbox: PS4 ‘will be’ the lead platform for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Will the PS4 be the quintessential platform for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Yes, says one reputable insider. Kevin Spacey, star of the Advanced Warfare trailer, is not the reason why the upcoming warfare-based game is causing controversy. The trailer features Spacey sauntering through a few well-stated lines regarding power. But Ahsan Rasheed, a venerable gaming insider, has delivered an interesting tweet, reigniting the age-old console war. Also I want to say one thing to all the Xbox One fans that keep telling me COD is X1 lead platform. It's not. It's a marketing deal. — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) May 4, 2014   That's right....

  • GoPro-killer CENTR captures 4K panoramic video from a doughnut

    What happens when a few former Apple employees unleash their creative license? They build the ironically-named CENTR, a palm-sized panoramic video-camera that makes the GoPro seem rather ordinary. http://youtu.be/ZKAzyTB_-Kw The US$399, stately designed black and white digital doughnut houses a "4K resolution panoramic camera" able to capture surroundings in real time 360° detail. It should be noted that CENTR's "4K" is not the traditional 4K associated with current screens. The device cleverly employs four 5MP cameras, effectively 20MP in total, to shoot 6900x1080 and 4600x720 panoramic video, in 1080p and 720p modes, respectively. If panoramic mode isn't needed, CENTR's individual camera selection...

  • No more mouse: Microsoft Research invents Leap-like gesture keyboard

    Microsoft Research's intuitive designers have developed an augmented reality mechanical keyboard - or more concisely, a keyboard with touch and gesture ability. The "Type-Hover-Swipe" project integrates "a low-resolution matrix of infrared (IR) proximity sensors" dotted among a set of a standard qwerty keys. Not only does this keyboard allow the user to type (or what you'd traditionally expect from a keyboard), it also gives the user the power of gesture and touch commands, much like Microsoft Surface 2's interface or the Xbox Kinect system. By gently caressing the keyboard or waving a hand above it, the user can change between text...

  • The selfie machine: Samsung’s snappy Galaxy K Zoom announced

    The Galaxy K Zoom -- the camera phone to rule them all -- was today announced by Samsung. Described as a "camera-specialized smartphone," Samsung's quirky Galaxy K Zoom will feature a 20.7MP sensor aided by a 10x optical zoom lens. Somehow the Korean company has found a way to pack all this optic wizardry into just 20.2mm of phone. As a smartphone, it is rather paunchy at 200g, but as a point-and-shoot camera hybrid, it's extremely impressive. With added gizmos like optical image stabilisation, a Xenon flash, smile detection and object tracking, this seems to be a very capable camera...

  • Microsoft earnings down but Xbox One and Surface (shockingly) sees growth

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it's made a whole lot of money when it revealed its Q3 2014 earnings. A GAAP revenue of US$20.4 billion was announced with operating income standing at US$6.97 billion. Diluted earnings per share stood at US$0.68 while the company's net income for the quarter was US$5.66 billion. According to the press release, devices and consumer revenue was promising, increasing by 12% to US$8.3 billion. The strongest performers included the Xbox One console selling 1.2 million units, Surface devices growing by a promising 50% "to approximately US$500 million," and the rebranded Azure platform increasing its share...

  • PlayStation Plus games for May: Puppeteer, Payday 2, Everybody’s Golf

    Trigger-fingered PlayStation owners in the EU will soon have even more titles to choose from. Sony's PlayStation Blog has finally announced its May games roster for PS Plus members in the EU. Sony has not specified the roster for additional regions, yet. Among those included are Zoink's Stick it to the Man for the PS4, Puppeteer and Payday 2 for the PS3. Handheld enthusiasts on the PS Vita will receive Everbody's Golf and Muramasa Rebirth, the twin-campaigned RPG. Although five titles are shown the door by PlayStation, including Mercenary Kings (PS4), Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and Bioshock Infinite (both PS3) Hotline Miami (Cross Buy) and lastly, MotoGP13 (PS Vita), five...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 patent reveals three-sided flexible display

    Samsung's Galaxy S5 has been getting all the love recently, but a leaked patent spotted by GSMArena has surfaced online of what is presumably Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4. The patent sheds light on possible design ideas the Korean company has for its next flagship phablet device, and they are really quite ambitious. Most ambitious of all? The inclusion of the futuristic YOUM flexible display. But quite astonishingly, the Galaxy Note 4 will sport the YOUM display on no less than three sides. That means, in addition to enjoying a front-mounted touch display, the screen will wrap around the sides...

  • Google Glass update adds SMS support for iOS, Glassware Calendar for all

    Good news Apple and Glass fans -- Google has announced that iOS users will soon be able to receive text messages from their friends using Google Glass. After last week's Google Glass Explorer program saw a one day only Glass sale in the US, the company has presumably received a voluminous amount of useful feedback from the lucky few. Intelligently bowing to consumer advice and demand, the text messaging feature already available on Android will now be included on iOS devices as well. A post over on Google's official Glass blog explains: "iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get...

  • Logitech Z200 review: stylish speakers, stifled sound

    I’ve been a happy Logitech customer for a while now. Seven years in fact. Its ever popular X-530s are still in my company, tickling my inner ears with its gorgeous sound delivery. But, the speakers are a hassle to keep organised. Some customers desire quality sound without the complications of a 5.1 setup. Essentially, a compact yet stylish pair of table toppers. This is where the company’s new entry-level Z200 comes into play. The tall, twin-driver desk-standing set is available in white or black with inverse accents. With this, you get solid build quality, a 1.8m corded power brick – which...